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Media Release
31-Mar-2022

Australian Press Council welcomes three new publisher members

The Australian Press Council (APC) has announced three new publisher members – Nascon Media Pty Ltd, Out Publications Pty Ltd and Region Group Pty Ltd.

 

As the mainstream print media continues to adapt its business models to new digital frameworks, readers also rely on smaller, local, and community-focused publications for news and information. “Small and niche publishers play an important role in keeping their communities reliably informed on matters of interest to them. I welcome these new publishers who have chosen to join the Australian Press Council and commit to its editorial standards,” said Neville Stevens, AO, APC Chair.

 

 

The Australian Press Council is responsible for promoting high standards of media practice, community access to information of public interest and freedom of expression through the media. Press Council members include the majority of Australia’s major newspaper, magazine, and online publishers.

 

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Dorothy Kennedy, the Australian Press Council’s media advisor, at Dorothy.kennedy@presscouncil.org.au.

Media Release
22-Dec-2021

APC welcomes new Public Members, an Adjudication Panel Member and farewells Vice-Chair

The Australian Press Council (APC) is pleased to announce the appointment of three new Public Members and one new Adjudication Panel Member. The new Public Members are Mohamed el Roubi, Dr Sid Vohra and Diana Nestorovska. Shenal Basnayake is the new Adjudication Panel Member. Vice-Chair Julie Kinross is leaving the Press Council after serving the maximum number of terms in her role.

 

Public Members have an important leadership and governance role in the operations of the APC, and Adjudication Panel Members are critical in upholding the APC’s standards. “The new Members announced today bring a diversity of thought and experience to their roles which will assist us in our work of promoting freedom of speech and responsible journalism in Australia’s print and digital media,” said Neville Stevens, AO, APC Chair.

 

Ms Kinross has served on the Press Council for more than nine years, across three consecutive terms. “Julie has made an enormous contribution to all areas of Press Council activity, and has been a constant source of wise counsel,” said Mr Stevens. “Her outstanding personal qualities, legal acumen and wide-ranging public policy experience will be missed. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours,” he added. Ms Kinross’ term as Vice-Chair ends on December 31, 2021.

 

The APC’s new Public Members:

 

  • Mohamed el Roubi is a General Counsel with extensive experience in a range of multinational companies and is currently working remotely for Cairo corporate law firm Adsero – Ragy Soliman & Partners. Based in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Mr el Roubi is a Director and member of the Audit and Risk Committee at Mental Illness Education ACT. He has lived and worked in the Middle East, US and Europe, and is bi-lingual in English and Arabic. He has broad legal, governance, risk and compliance experience across a range of industries and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a licensed Attorney and Counsellor at Law in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

 

  • Dr Sid Vohra is Director of Medical Services and Chief Medical Officer at Orange Health Service in NSW, with responsibility for Orange Hospital, Australia’s largest regional health facility. He has extensive experience in developing and managing stakeholder relationships at a community, State and Federal level in matters relating to health care systems and rural and regional health care. Dr Vohra's general management covers full executive level management of all specialised medical services at the hospital. He has around 160 health professionals reporting directly to him. Previously, he worked as a Medical Consultant at CommInsure and was a Consultant at McKinsey & Company. He is a specialist medical practitioner and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (FRACMA). He is also a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (FCHSM). Dr Vohra’s qualifications include an MBA from INSEAD France and a Master of Health Management from the University of NSW.

 

  • Diana Nestorovska is a governance and legal professional with extensive experience working across diverse sectors and industries in Australia and overseas. Ms Nestorovska is a former Australian diplomat, speaks multiple languages and understands the workings of government at an international, State and Federal level. She is currently employed as the General Counsel for eCommerce business New Aim Pty Ltd. Based in Victoria, she is a non-executive Director of the South Gippsland Water Corporation and is a current MBA candidate at the Melbourne Business School. She is a sessional academic at Monash University’s Department of Business Law and Taxation and a Member of La Trobe University's Human Research Ethics Committee. She is a Member of the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

The APC’s new Adjudication Panel Member:

 

  • Shenal Basnayake is the CEO of the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), a federation of Australia's eight science teacher associations and the national advocate for school science educators, where he led a major transformation to ensure ongoing relevance for the organisation with its constituents. He has lived and worked internationally in Europe, Asia and the Middle East and spent a decade working across Northern Australia (and most recently in parts of regional NSW where he was involved as the senior executive champion for Indigenous staff across the NSW Department of Industry cluster and oversaw delivery of the cluster’s first Reconciliation Action Plan). Based in Sydney, Mr Basnayake is also on the Board of the Science Schools Foundation and is a Member of Westmead Hospital’s Member Safety and Quality Committee.

 

The APC is responsible for promoting high standards of media practice, community access to information of public interest and freedom of expression through the media. Members include the majority of Australia’s major newspaper, magazine and online publishers. These publishers agree to comply with the APC’s binding standards of practice. When complaints about these members are made to the APC, the material is evaluated against these standards by the APC’s Adjudication Panels, which are independent of publishers.

 

For more information please contact Dorothy Kennedy, APC Media Advisor, at Dorothy.kennedy@presscouncil.org.au

Media Release
10-Sep-2021

The Australian Press Council appoints Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

The Australian Press Council welcomes Yvette Lamont as its new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. Ms Lamont was previously Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of ASX-listed media and entertainment business HT&E Limited (formerly APN News & Media Limited).

 

“Yvette brings to her new role a wealth of relevant experience to assist Council in navigating the profound changes taking place in the media industry. She has deep media executive expertise in commercial, governance, legal, regulatory and corporate affairs, and understands the challenges and opportunities presented by media convergence and evolving digital platforms,” said Neville Stevens, AO, Chair of The Australian Press Council. “I extend Yvette a warm welcome to Council and I look forward to working with her as Council addresses these challenges.”

 

“I am delighted to be joining The Australian Press Council and to be part of the important work of the Council in an evolving media environment, at a time when the promotion of high standards of media practice and community access to information of public interest are so important given the current critical issues Australia faces. I look forward to the many challenges and opportunities ahead,” said Ms Lamont.

 

Ms Lamont is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. She was HT&E’s representative on Australia’s Right to Know coalition, formed to address concerns about freedom of speech in Australia. She also sits on the Law Council of Australia’s Media & Communications Committee, is a member of the Communications and Media Law Association and Women in Media and was recently appointed a Non-executive Director of CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association).

 

Ms Lamont’s appointment follows a thorough executive search which Council commenced in June this year. Her appointment takes effect this Monday, 13 September 2021.

Media Release
26-Aug-2021

Australian Press Council introduces complaints-handling processes for global digital publishers

At its most recent meeting, the Australian Press Council (APC) considered the best way of adapting its complaints-handling practices to respond to the emergence of global digital publishers.

Under this trial the Press Council will no longer accept complaints which appear on DMA’s website that have been written by journalists for DailyMail.com, a US-focused publication, and Mail Online, a UK-focused website, except when:

  • The article relates to events within Australia, or,
  • The article concerns an Australian national, or resident at the time of publication, who is ‘directly and personally affected’ by an alleged breach of the Council’s standards of practice.

Articles written by DMA’s Australian journalists will continue to be subject to the APC’s Standards of Practice.
The decision follows concerns raised by DMA that as a global digital publisher it was neither practical nor reasonable for the APC to apply its Standards of Practice to articles written by journalists that are not employed by it and over which it has no editorial control concerning events in either the US or UK.

“The approach we have taken ensures that DMA continues to be bound by the Australian Press Council’s standards while at the same time acknowledges that, as a global digital publisher, it has content on its website over which it has no editorial control,” said Neville Stevens, AO, Chair of the APC. “It is a practical solution to a complex issue that other Press Councils have sought to address,” Mr Stevens added.

The model being trialled recognises that DailyMail.com and Mail Online are not members of the APC, but that the DMA is. It aims to provide DMA – and any other future GDP member – clarity in terms of the complaints that the APC can handle. The APC will assess the results of the 12-month trial next year and consider whether any changes to the approach are required.

For more information, please contact Dorothy Kennedy, Media Advisor, Australian Press Council at dorothy.kennedy@presscouncil.org.au or call the APC on (02) 9261 1930.

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